XPoNential Festival @ BB&T and Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ
Review & Photography by: Valerie McIntyre
Families, people of all ages, food vendors, dogfish beer, and last but not least music. WXPN’s Xponential Music Festival sponsored by Subaru celebrated its 25th anniversary with artists ranging from locals in the Philadelphia area to international.
The music festival was held at Wiggins Park in Camden, New Jersey which is right across the Delaware River from the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, PA, and adjacent to the Camden Aquarium and the famous BB&T Pavilion, where events and festivities were also held.
The music festival was for all ages. There were young adults to senior citizens to families with children. It’s an event that brings everyone together every year.
Music performances included The War on Drugs, David Byrne, Mondo Cozmo, Phoebe Bridgers, Mt.Joy, and many more. One thing that the festival always includes is the diversity of artists and genres of music. This is not just a pop, alternative, indie, R&B, soul, or hip-hop music event. It’s every single music genre into one big three-day event.
We arrived at the WXPN Xponential Music Festival on the third and final day of the event on July 29th in Wiggins Park. The weather wasn’t too bad, but it was hot. It didn’t matter, because the sun was out and you can hear the music and excitement of music lovers.
Harmony Woods, a band coming from Philadelphia’s Basement scene, took the stage first at the River Stage in Wiggins Park. Sofia Verbilla, the frontwoman of the band, hails from Abington, Pennsylvania, which is just outside of the Philadelphia/Montgomery County area. The soothing sound of a guitar and in the combination of Verbilla’s voice, the band delivered one of the most highlighted performances drawing in people of all ages to showcase tracks from their recent album Nothing Special.
Lo Moon performed on The River Stage right after. WXPN has been playing the Los Angeles band non-stop and more people came to see the band perform with excitement but also a chilled vibe along with it. Those elements reflect and describe the band’s sound in a nutshell.
We then caught up with Mt. Joy, who was discovered by Bruce Warren, the program director of WXPN. They were well welcomed by the audience at the Marina Stage. The folk and jam band delivered an energy with their performance along with lead singer Matt Quinn’s chant of the super bowl champs, The Philadelphia Eagles.